Wave add 13 on offense and 9 on defense, including 7 New Orleanians and 11 Louisiana natives
NEW ORLEANS â€“ Seven New Orleanians and 11 Louisiana natives highlight the Tulane University football teamâ€™s incoming talent for the 2011 season as the Green Wave inked 22 prospects on National Signing Day, Green Wave head coach Bob Toledo announced Wednesday.
- Video: Bob Toledo on National Signing Day
- Video: Dante Butler and Marc Edwards on NSD
- Video: Matthew Bailey on NSD
- Video: Brandon LeBeau on NSD
- Chat Wrap: National Signing Day
On offense, Tulane added four wide receivers, three tight ends, two offensive linemen, two quarterbacks and a pair of running backs. Defensively, the Green Wave inked five linemen, three defensive backs and one linebacker.
â€œThe recruiting process has been going on for a year and weâ€™ve worked extremely hard for this day,â€ Toledo said. â€œI think the coaches have done a super job. Weâ€™ve signed 22 players, of which 11 are from the state of Louisiana, seven are from the New Orleans area, and 11 other players from nine different states. Weâ€™ve tried to recruit guys to give us quality depth at all positions and also to help us improve on special teams.
â€œWeâ€™ve always put an emphasis on recruiting the area. Right now, weâ€™ve got 36 players on our team from Louisiana. We always want to get the best Louisiana kids and New Orleans kids that we can and Iâ€™d like to get more. Weâ€™re making an effort to do that.â€
Highlighting the list of Green Wave signees are New Orleans natives Matthew Bailey (LB/Edna Karr HS), Lawrence Burl (DL/St. Augustine HS), DantÃ© Butler (RB/Brother Martin HS), Marc Edwards (WR/St. Augustine HS), Robert Kelley (RB/O. Perry Walker HS), Brandon LeBeau (DB/McMain HS) and Renaldo Thomas (DB/St. Augustine HS). Also joining the Tulane team for the upcoming season are Louisiana products Leon Blouin, IV (QB/Geismer/Dutchdown HS), Devin Boutte (WR/New Iberia/Catholic HS), Sam Scofield (DB/Lafayette/St. Thomas More HS) and Evan Tatford (TE/Lafayette/St. Thomas More HS).
Aaron Bryant (DL/Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS), Josh Drum (TE/Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS), Michael Pierce, Jr. (DL/Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS), Corey Redwine (DL/Fairburn, Ga./Creekside HS), Xavier Rush (WR/Terry, Miss./Terry HS), Nick SanGiacomo (QB/Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat HS), Justyn Shackleford (WR/Suwanee, Ga./Berkmar HS), Andrew Siden (DL/Natick, Mass./Natick HS), Nate Skold (OL/Omaha, Neb./Westside HS), Greg Thomson (TE/Skaneateles, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and Arturo Uzdavinis (OL/Thonotosassa, Fla./Jesuit HS) round out the 2011 signing class.
Toledoâ€™s fifth class also includes nine three-star recruits (Bailey, Butler, Drum, Edwards, Kelley, SanGiacomo, Shackleford, Tatford and Thomas), according to the various scouting services â€“ the most ever signed by the Green Wave and surpassing the former mark of eight back in 2009 â€“ and Tulane has now inked a combined 24 three-star recruits over the last three seasons.
In addition, 15 Tulane signees are rated among the Top 200 nationally at their respective positions. Skold is rated the No. 8 overall prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com and the No. 157 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com, while Butler is listed as the No. 39 overall prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com, the No. 121 running back nationally by ESPN.com and the No. 125 running back in the country by Scout.com
ESPN.com also rated SanGiacomo the No. 72 quarterback, Bailey the No. 106 safety, Blouin, IV the No. 149 quarterback, Scofield the No. 151 safety, Kelley the No. 153 running back, Edwards the No. 161 wide receiver, Uzdavinis the No. 161 offensive tackle, and Boutte the No. 196 wideout. According to Scout.com, SanGiacomo is the No. 75 quarterback, Thomson the No. 83 tight end, Thomas the No. 84 safety, Drum the No. 105 tight end, Bryant the No. 136 defensive tackle, Scofield the No. 168 safety, Kelly the No. 178 running back, and Edwards the No. 190 wide receiver. Siden, meanwhile, was listed as the No. 1 senior receiver prospect in the state of Massachusetts by MaxPreps.com
â€œEvery year, the emphasis on recruiting is a little bit different,â€ Toledo said. â€œWe still want to get guys at all positions so we can create some quality depth across the board. I donâ€™t really know who is going to be able to contribute right away. We never would have imagined a guy like Orleans Darkwa would have the kind of year he had as a true freshman. You just never know how itâ€™s all going to pan out.â€
On offense, Blouin IV and SanGiacomo will join the quarterback hunt following their respective careers at Dutchtown and Barnegat high schools. Blouin IV was named honorable-mention all-state, first-team All-District 6-5A, all-metro and All-Ascension Parish, and was tabbed District MVP in 2010 after completing 70-of-118 passes for 1,054 yards and five touchdowns while running 177 times for 1,129 yards and 12 scores. SanGiacomo, meanwhile, completed his prep career with 6,351 yards and 55 touchdowns on 457-of-840 passing while running for 565 yards and 10 scores for a total of 6,957 yards of total offense.
At running back, New Orleans natives Butler and Kelley join the Tulane team from Brother Martin and O. Perry Walker, respectively. Butler wrapped up his high school career as the Crusadersâ€™ career record holder with 5,135 rushing yards and 65 touchdowns while Kelley posted career totals of 404 carries, 2,347 rushing yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, 28 receptions for 242 yards and three scores, and four two-point conversions.
Boutte, Edwards, Rush and Shackleford will bolster the Green Wave receiving corps. Boutte missed his senior season at Catholic High due to a knee injury, but was named first-team all-state as a junior after hauling in 70 passes for 1,426 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2009. Edwards caught 51 passes for 621 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career at St. Augustine, and Rush earned honorable-mention all-state honors as a senior at Terry High after tallying 51 receptions for 836 yards and eight scores. Shackleford, meanwhile, was an honorable-mention all-state selection as a senior at Berkmar High after catching 55 passes for 1,777 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Drum, Tatford and Thomson represent the influx of talent at tight end. Drum, who is already enrolled in classes at Tulane this spring, completed his prep career at Spain Park High in 2009 with 21 receptions for 268 yards. Tatford caught 27 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns last year at St. Thomas More en route to earning first-team all-state and All-Acadiana honors. Thomson, meanwhile, was named third-team all-state, first-team All-Central New York and first-team all-league as a senior at Christian Brothers after snaring 25 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, linemen Bryant, Burl, Pierce, Redwine and Siden represent the biggest addition to one particular position for the Green Wave. Bryant posted 72 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and 15 tackles for loss as a senior at Seven Lakes High, and Burl was named first-team All-District 10-5A out of St. Augustine in 2010 after tallying 84 stops, 23 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, two blocked punts and an interception while scoring three defensive touchdowns.
Pierce is a familiar name to Tulane fans as his father, Michael Sr., lettered three years with the Green Wave and served as team captain in 1989. The younger Pierce was named first-team all-state and All-6A Region 2A honors as a senior at Daphne High after finishing the year with 82 tackles and spearheading a defense that limited opponents to just 9.5 points per game. Redwine claimed all-state, all-area and all-region honors last year at Creekside High following an 84-tackle, 14-sack senior campaign. Siden will look to make the shift from tight end at Natick High to defensive line, but did post 19 stops, two sacks and a safety as a senior while playing both ways throughout his prep career.
LeBeau, Scofield and Thomas will look to make their marks in the Tulane secondary next year after standout careers at McMain, St. Thomas More and St. Augustine, respectively. LeBeau played primarily at quarterback as a prepster, completing 61-of-121 passes for 881 yards and six touchdowns, running 159 times for 755 yards and 15 scores and hauling in four passes for 62 yards for his career. As a prep senior, Scofield was named first-team all-state and All-Acadiana MVP after posting 124 tackles, four interceptions and a blocked punt. Thomas, meanwhile, was an honorable-mention all-state selection and claimed first-team All-District 10-5A honors for the Purple Knights after tallying 77 tackles, 18 pass break-ups, four picks, two blocked punts and a pair of defensive touchdowns.
Bailey is the lone linebacker on the Green Wave signee listing and brings impressive credentials to the program after earning first-team all-state, all-district and all-metro honors last season and helping lead Edna Karr to a 13-2 overall record, the District 10-4A title and a state runner-up finish as a senior.
The 2011 Tulane football schedule features six home games, including the home opener against Southeastern Louisiana and a marquee matchup against Big East opponent Syracuse. Tulane will also host Conference USA foes Houston, Tulsa, Memphis and UTEP. Season ticket prices are only $180 for sideline seats, $90 for adult endzone, $60 for youth endzone and $240 for the Family 4 Pack (2 adult, 2 youth). Season ticket renewals will be mailed to 2010 season ticket holders in the near future.
For additional information or to order season tickets, please call the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283), log onto the internet at TulaneGreenWave.com, or show up in person at the ticket office located inside the James W. Wilson Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive.
2011 TULANE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
Matthew Bailey LB 5-10 210 New Orleans, La./Edna Karr HS
Leon Blouin, IV QB 5-11 185 Geismar, La./Dutchtown HS
Devin Boutte WR 5-9 175 New Iberia, La./Catholic HS
Aaron Bryant DL 6-3 220 Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS
Lawrence Burl DL 6-3 210 New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS
DantÃ© Butler RB 5-10 210 New Orleans, La./Brother Martin HS
Josh Drum TE 6-4 240 Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS
Marc Edwards WR 6-1 180 New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS
Robert Kelley RB 5-11 205 New Orleans, La./O. Perry Walker HS
Brandon LeBeau DB 5-11 190 New Orleans, La./McMain HS
Michael Pierce, Jr. DL 6-1 260 Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS
Corey Redwine DL 6-1 305 Fiarburn, Ga./Creekside HS
Xavier Rush WR 6-2 195 Terry, Miss./TerryHS
Nick SanGiacomo QB 6-3 195 Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat HS
Sam Scofield DB 6-1 180 Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS
Justyn Shackleford WR 6-0 175 Suwanee, Ga./Berkmar HS
Andrew Siden DL 6-3 240 Natick, Mass./Natick HS
Nate Skold OL 6-7 290 Omaha, Neb./Westside HS
Evan Tatford TE 6-5 240 Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS
Renaldo Thomas DB 6-3 205 New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS
Greg Thomson TE 6-3 240 Skaneateles, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy
Arturo Uzdavinis OL 6-7 290 Thonotosassa, Fla./Jesuit HS
2011 TULANE SIGNEE BIOS
Matthew Bailey â€¢ LB â€¢ 5-10 â€¢ 210 â€¢ New Orleans, La./Edna Karr HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Karr High for coach Jabar Jalukeâ€¦rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com while earning two-star honors from Scout.com and ESPN.comâ€¦received a scout grade of 74 and rated the No. 106 safety in the nation by ESPN.com while earning the No. 166 spot nationally at cornerback by Scout.comâ€¦helped lead the Cougars to a combined 29-9 overall record with two trips to the state playoffs, including a 13-2 mark, the District 10-4A title and a state-runner-up finish as a seniorâ€¦as a senior, named first-team all-state, all-district and all-metroâ€¦selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classicâ€¦posted over 100 tackles as a juniorâ€¦as a sophomore, tallied 75 tackles en route to claiming all-district honors.
Personal: Born Matthew Louis Bailey on Feb. 8, 1993, in New Orleans, Laâ€¦son of Leo and Claudia Baileyâ€¦has two brothers, Isaiah and Leoâ€¦proposed major is sports medicine...also recruited by North Texas, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss and Virginia.
Leon Blouin, IV â€¢ QB â€¢ 5-11 â€¢ 185 â€¢ Geismar, La./Dutchtown HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Dutchtown High for coach Benny Saiaâ€¦rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.comâ€¦named a one-star recruit, received a scout grade of 67 and rated No. 149 quarterback in the country by ESPN.comâ€¦as a senior, named honorable-mention all-state, first-team All-District 6-5A, all-metro and All-Ascension Parish, and was named District MVP after completing 70-of-118 passes (.593) for 1,054 yards and five touchdowns while running 177 times for 1,129 yards (6.4 avg.) and 12 scoresâ€¦as a junior, completed 25-of-77 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns while running for 170 yards and a score.
Personal: Born Leon Blouin, IV, in Baton Rougeâ€¦son of Leon, III and Dâ€™Andre Blouinâ€¦has one brother, Logan, and one sister, Laurenâ€¦undecided on majorâ€¦also recruited by Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Miss.
Devin Boutte â€¢ WR â€¢ 5-9 â€¢ 175 â€¢ New Iberia, La./Catholic HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Catholic High where he played running back, wide receiver, return specialist and defensive back for coach Keith Menardâ€¦rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.comâ€¦named No. 245 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com and received a scout grade of 72 and rated the No. 196 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.comâ€¦named first-team All-District 6-3A and Best of Teche as a sophomore and juniorâ€¦did not play as a senior after suffering a preseason knee injuryâ€¦as a junior, caught 70 passes for 1,426 yards (20.4 avg.) and 17 touchdowns and ran for another 364 yards and four scores en route to earning first-team all-state and All-Acadiana honorsâ€¦also claimed the First-Team All-State Coaches Award and the Press Box Award as a juniorâ€¦also lettered once in baseballâ€¦an excellent gymnast as well, won the LHSAA Boyâ€™s All-Around Championships in 2003 and 2005 and won the all-around gold at the 2005 AAU Junior Olympics.
Personal: Born Devin John Boutte on May 26, 1993, in New Iberia, Laâ€¦son of John and Carla Boutteâ€¦has two sisters, Keisha and Harleeâ€¦proposed major is engineeringâ€¦also recruited by SMU and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Aaron Bryant â€¢ DL â€¢ 6-3 â€¢ 220 â€¢ Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS
High School: Two-year letterman at Seven Lakes High where he played defensive end and outside linebacker for coach Kevin Oâ€™Keefeâ€¦named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, and a one-star player by ESPN.comâ€¦rated the No. 136 defensive tackle by Scout.com while receiving a scout grade of 67 and ranking as the No. 228 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.comâ€¦as a senior, named second-team All-District 19-5A after tallying 72 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and 15 tackles for lossâ€¦as a junior, posted 29 tackles, three sacks and a safety in limited actionâ€¦also lettered twice in track and field in the discus where he was district champ and advanced to the regionals in 2009.
Personal: Born Aaron RaShaan Bryant on May 17, 1993, in Bossier City, Laâ€¦son of Edward and Ethel Bryantâ€¦has two brothers, Edward, Jr., and Erickâ€¦mother, Ethal, played collegiate basketball at Louisiana Collegeâ€¦proposed major is communicationsâ€¦also recruited by Houston, Kansas State and North Texas.
Lawrence Burl â€¢ DL â€¢ 6-3 â€¢ 210 â€¢ New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS
High School: Two-year letterman at St. Augustine High for coach Dave Johnsonâ€¦named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, and rated the No. 206 defensive end in the nation by Scout.comâ€¦helped lead the Purple Knights to a combined 15-8 overall record with two trips to the state playoffsâ€¦as a senior, named first-team All-District 10-5A and all-metro after posting 84 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, two blocked punts and an interception while scoring three defensive touchdownsâ€¦selected to participate in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Class and was named Orleans Parish Team Defensive MVPâ€¦did not start playing football until junior year as he was a member of St. Augâ€™s famed Marching 100 band from grades seven through 10â€¦off the field, was a member of the National Honor Society
Personal: Born Lawrence Burlâ€¦son of Lania Burlâ€¦proposed major is architectureâ€¦also recruited by Houston, SMU and Southern Miss.
DantÃ© Butler â€¢ RB â€¢ 5-10 â€¢ 210 â€¢ New Orleans, La./Brother Martin HS
High School: Four-year letterman at Brother Martin for coach Mark Bonninsâ€¦tabbed a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN while garnering two-star recognition by Scout.comâ€¦listed as the No. 39 overall prospect in the state by Rivals.com, received a scout grade of 75 and ranked No. 121 running back in the nation by ESPN.com, and listed as the No. 125 player at his position nationally by Scout.comâ€¦helped the Crusaders go a combined 29-14 with three trips to the playoffs as a prepster and completed his career with a school-record 5,135 rushing yards and 65 touchdownsâ€¦tabbed first-team all-state, all-metro and All-District 10-5A as a junior and seniorâ€¦as a senior, set school single-season rushing record with 2,551 yards and 32 touchdowns on 337 carries (7.6 avg.) while catching four passes for 57 yardsâ€¦broke his own school single-game record with a 304-yard rushing performance against Rummel during his final prep season, and was selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classicâ€¦as a junior, ran 200 times for 1,592 yards (8.0 avg.) and 22 scores and hauled in 12 passes for 86 yardsâ€¦also earned four letters in basketball where he helped the Crusaders win the state title as a junior.
Personal: Born DantÃ© Rene Butler on Aug. 20, 1993, in New Orleans, Laâ€¦son of James and Leslie Butlerâ€¦undecided on majorâ€¦also recruited by Arizona, Miami-Ohio, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss and Utah.
Josh Drum â€¢ TE â€¢ 6-4 â€¢ 240 â€¢ Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS
Career Note: Graduated from Spain Park High School in Spring 2010â€¦did not enroll in a four-year school last fall, but is currently attending classes at Tulane.
High School: Three-year letterman at Spain Park High for coach David Shoresâ€¦rated a three-star recruit and received a scout grade of 78 by ESPN.com while receiving two-star recognition by Rivals.com and Scout.com and claiming the No. 105 ranking nationally among tight ends by Scout.comâ€¦helped Spain Park to a combined 26-13 overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances, including a state runner-up finish as a sophomore and the a third-round appearance as a seniorâ€¦for his career, hauled in 21 passes for 268 yardsâ€¦also earned three letters in basketball where he helped SPHS to a regional title as a seniorâ€¦off the field, was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, and was named to the Birmingham News All-Academic Team.
Personal: Born Joshua Stephen Drum on Nov. 13, 1991, in Dayton, Ohioâ€¦son of Rob and Millie Kay Drumâ€¦has two brothers: Robert and Jake; and one sister, Mary Graceâ€¦father, Rob, played collegiate basketball at Samford, and brothers, Robert and Jake, played football and Duke and basketball at Auburn, respectivelyâ€¦proposed majors are business and financeâ€¦also recruited by Penn and UAB.
Marc Edwards â€¢ WR â€¢ 6-1 â€¢ 180 â€¢ New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Augustine High for coach David Johnsonâ€¦rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and claimed two stars from Rivals.com and ESPN.comâ€¦ranked the No. 151 receiver in the county by ESPN.com and the No. 190 wideout nationally by Scout.comâ€¦helped lead the Purple Knights to a combined 18-14 overall record, including a 9-3 mark and a trip to the state playoffs as a seniorâ€¦for his career, hauled in 51 passes for 621 yards (12.2 avg.) and 10 touchdownsâ€¦as a senior, recorded 15 catches for 326 yards and six touchdowns despite missing time early with a broken jawâ€¦named first-team all-metro and was selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classicâ€¦named first-team All-District 10-5A and all-metro as a junior after hauling in 41 passes for 713 yards (17.4 avg.) and eight touchdownsâ€¦also lettered two years in basketball.
Personal: Born Marc Thomas Edwards on Sept. 19, 1992, in New Orleans, Laâ€¦son of Shawn Matthewsâ€¦has a twin sister, Meganâ€¦proposed major is physical therapyâ€¦also recruited by Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Mississippi State, SMU and Tulsa.
Robert Kelley â€¢ RB â€¢ 5-11 â€¢ 205 â€¢ New Orleans, La./O. Perry Walker HS
High School: Two-year letterman at O. Perry Walker for coach Emanuel Powellâ€¦rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com while garnering two-star recognition from Scout.com and ESPN.comâ€¦earned a scout grade of 73 and tabbed the No. 153 running back in the nation by ESPN.com while sitting 178th nationally at his position according to Scout.comâ€¦for his career, ran 404 times for 2,347 yards (5.8 avg.) and 25 touchdowns, hauled in 28 passes for 242 yards (8.6 avg.) and three touchdowns, and scored four two-point conversionsâ€¦named first-team All-District 10-4A as a junior and seniorâ€¦as a senior, named honorable-mention all-state and first-team all-metro after running for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns and catching 10 passes for 86 yards (8.6 avg.) and two scores despite being plagued by a back injury throughout the seasonâ€¦selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classicâ€¦ran for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns while catching 18 passes for 156 yards (8.7 avg.) and a score as a junior en route to earning first-team all-state honors.
Personal: Born Robert John Kelley on Oct. 3, 1992, in New Orleans, Laâ€¦son of Robert Thompson and Darriel Kelleyâ€¦has one brother, Fred, and four sisters: Johnqul, Kevijon, Yonnie and Nigalâ€¦proposed major is sports medicineâ€¦also recruited by Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss and Tulsa.
Brandon LeBeau â€¢ WR/DB â€¢ 5-11 â€¢ 190 â€¢ New Orleans, La./McMain HS
High School: Two-year letterman at McMain High for coach Kevin Roussellâ€¦rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.comâ€¦helped the Mustangs to a combined 12-9 record over his final two prep seasons, including their first-ever trip to the state playoffs as a seniorâ€¦for his career, completed 61-of-121 passes for 881 yards and six touchdowns, rushing 159 times for 755 yards and 15 scores, and hauling in four passes for 62 yardsâ€¦as a senior, first-team all-metro (athlete) after completing 48-of-72 passes for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushing 136 times for 879 yards and 14 touchdowns, catching one pass for a 43-yard score and converting 16 PATsâ€¦earned Metro Athlete of the Week honors on Nov. 3 after running for 17 yards and three scores while throwing for 145 yards and a touchdown in a 40-28 win over De La Salle, and was selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classic.
Personal: Born Brandon Tdarrell LeBeau on Feb. 4, 1993, in New Orleans, Laâ€¦son of Tdarrell and Michelle LeBeauâ€¦has one brother, Tyreeâ€¦proposed major is engineeringâ€¦also recruited by Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State.
Michael Pierce, Jr. â€¢ DL â€¢ 6-1 â€¢ 260 â€¢ Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS
High School: Two-year letterman at Daphne High for coach Glenn Vickeryâ€¦rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and received a scout grade of 45 by ESPN.comâ€¦helped lead the Trojans to a combined 21-8 record, including a 15-0 showing, a 6A Region 2A title and a state championship as a seniorâ€¦named first-team all-state and all-district while claiming Cellular South 1st & 10 Club Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior after posting 82 stops and helping spearhead a defense that allowed an average of just 9.5 points per gameâ€¦named MVP of the 6A state championship game after recording 10 stops in a 7-6 win over Hooverâ€¦selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classicâ€¦as a junior, posted 118 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two sacks and an interception en route to earning first-team all-county and second-team all-metro recognitionâ€¦also earned two letters in track and field.
Personal: Born Michael Eric Pierce, Jr., on Nov. 6, 1992, in Mobile, Alaâ€¦son of Michael and Daphne Pierceâ€¦has one brother, Mylesâ€¦father, Michael, played football at Tulane from 1987-89, served as team captain as a senior and played in the 1990 Senior Bowlâ€¦proposed majors are business administration and marketingâ€¦also recruited by South Alabama, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.
Corey Redwine â€¢ DL â€¢ 6-1 â€¢ 305 â€¢ Fairburn, Ga./Creekside HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Creekside High for coach Johnny Whiteâ€¦rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com and was tabbed the No. 144 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.comâ€¦helped lead the Seminoles to a combined 21-12 record with two trips to the state playoffsâ€¦set school record with 27 career sacksâ€¦named all-state, all-area and all-region after posting 84 tackles, 14 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles as a seniorâ€¦selected to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game and voted CHSâ€™s Defensive MVPâ€¦as a junior, tallied 86 stops, 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks en route to earning honorable-mention all-region recognitionâ€¦off the field, was a member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born Corey Lamar Redwine on Sept. 16, 1992, in Atlanta, Gaâ€¦son of Angela Redwineâ€¦proposed major is digital media productionâ€¦also recruited by Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Troy, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
Xavier Rush â€¢ WR â€¢ 6-2 â€¢ 195 â€¢ Terry, Miss./Terry HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Terry High for coach Paul Andersonâ€¦rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and received a scout grade of 45 from ESPN.comâ€¦caught 92 passes for 1,622 yards and 13 touchdowns for his careerâ€¦as a senior, named first-team All-District 3-6A and all-metro while claiming honorable-mention all-state recognition after hauling in 51 passes for 836 yards and eight scoresâ€¦also earned three letters in basketball and baseballâ€¦off the field, was a member of the NASA INSPIRE program and served an internship with STEM each summer.
Personal: Born Xavier J. Rush on Dec. 30, 1992, in Sillwater, Oklaâ€¦son of Charles and Pamela Rushâ€¦has one brother, Jamian, and one sister, Bonnaeâ€¦proposed major is chemistryâ€¦also recruited by North Texas, Southern Miss and UAB.
Nick SanGiacomo â€¢ QB â€¢ 6-3 â€¢ 195 â€¢ Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat HS
High School: Four-year letterman at Barnegat High for coach Rob Davisâ€¦rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com while garnering two stars from Rivals.com and ESPN.comâ€¦listed as the No. 72 and No. 75 quarterback in the country by ESPN.com and Scout.com, respectivelyâ€¦is the first player in BHS history to earn four varsity letters and completed his prep career with 6,351 yards and 55 touchdowns on 457-of-840 passing (.544) while running for 565 yards and 10 scores for 6,957 all-purpose yards â€“ all of which are school recordsâ€¦earned All-Group 2 and All-Ocean County honors as a sophomore, junior and senior and was named first-team all-conference his final two years as a prepsterâ€¦as a senior, completed 177-of-339 passes (.522) for 2,575 yards and 22 touchdowns while running 95 times for 385 yards and five scores en route to earning a spot on the New Jersey Top 100 Seniors listings and claimed the Maxwell Award as one of the Top 60 players in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delawareâ€¦as a junior, completed 160-of-276 passes (.580) for 2,191 yards and 16 touchdownsâ€¦tallied 1,575 yards and 17 touchdowns on 120-of-226 passing as a sophomoreâ€¦also lettered in basketball.
Personal: Born Nicholas Michael SanGiacomo on Sept. 22, 1992, in Paterson, N.Jâ€¦son of Michael and Tammy SanGiacomoâ€¦has four sisters: Amber, Christina, Natalie and Madisonâ€¦proposed major is businessâ€¦also recruited by Buffalo, Central Michigan, Rutgers, Temple and UCF.
Sam Scofield â€¢ DB â€¢ 6-1 â€¢ 180 â€¢ Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Thomas More High where he played wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker and punter for coach Jim Hightowerâ€¦two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, and a one-star athlete by ESPN.comâ€¦rated the No. 168 safety in the nation by Scout.com while receiving a scout grade of 66 and the No. 151 national ranking at safety by ESPN.comâ€¦helped lead the Cougars to a combined 28-9 record, including back-to-back District 4-5A titles and a pair of trips to the state playoffs...named first-team all-district as both a safety and a punter, and was tabbed District Defensive MVP in each of his final two prep seasonsâ€¦as a senior, named first-team all-state and All-Acadiana MVP after posting 124 tackles, four interceptions and a blocked puntâ€¦tabbed second-team All-Acadiana and honorable-mention all-state as a junior after tallying 92 tackles, one pick, four sacks and a pair of blocked puntsâ€¦also lettered three years in baseballâ€¦off the field, was a four-year member of the Gold Cougar Club courtesy of a 3.8 GPA.
Personal: Born Samuel Stewart Scofield on Nov. 19, 1992, in Lafayette, Laâ€¦son of Bryan and Kelly Scofieldâ€¦has two brothers, Bryan Jr. and Alexâ€¦grandfather, John Scofield, played football at Tulane in 1954â€¦proposed majors are engineering or architectureâ€¦also recruited by Louisiana-Lafayette, Penn and Rice.
Justyn Shackleford â€¢ WR â€¢ 6-0 â€¢ 175 â€¢ Suwanee, Ga./Berkmar HS
High School: Two-year prep letterwinner for coach Jonathan Sanks, playing junior year at Towers High and senior season at Berkmar Highâ€¦rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and received two stars from Scout.comâ€¦as a senior, caught 55 passes for 1,777 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to earning honorable-mention all-state and second-team All-Gwinnett recognitionâ€¦also returned five kickoffs for 152 yards (30.0 avg.) for the Patriotsâ€¦as a junior, named first-team All-District 5-3A and All-DeKalb County after catching 39 passes for 758 yards and eight touchdowns at Towersâ€¦that year, helped the Titans go 7-3 and advance to the state playoffsâ€¦also lettered twice in track and field, finishing state runner-up in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 110 hurdles as a junior.
Personal: Born Justyn Rasheed Shackleford on Dec. 27, 1992, in Stone Mountain, Gaâ€¦son of Beatrice Brownâ€¦has two brothers: Devon Brown and Amir Jones; and one sister, Jasmine Brownâ€¦proposed major is mechanical engineering.
Andrew Siden â€¢ DL â€¢ 6-3 â€¢ 240 â€¢ Natick, Mass./Natick HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Natick High where he saw time at halfback, wide receiver, tight end and defensive end for coaches Mark Mortarelli and Tom Lambâ€¦earned a scout grade of 45 by ESPN.com and was tabbed the No. 1 senior receiver in the state by MaxPreps.comâ€¦helped lead NHS to a combined 27-8 record, including a 12-1 mark and a Bay State-Herget title as a juniorâ€¦as a senior, caught 36 passes for 541 yards (15.0 avg.) and six touchdowns and ran 15 times for 53 yards (4.8 avg.) on offense while posting 19 tackles, a pair of sacks and a safety on defense en route to earning Bay State Conference All-Star honorsâ€¦quarterbacked his American Youth team to the Massachusetts State Championship in 2006â€¦also lettered three times in basketball and was a member of the AAU Mass Bearcatsâ€¦off the field, was a member of Athletic Leadership Conference and Stay in the Gameâ€¦received the Dan Bennett Award as a Scholar Athlete Citizen.
Personal: Born Andrew Harris Siden on Feb. 11, 1993, in Natick, Massâ€¦son of Stew and Debbie Sidenâ€¦undecided on majorâ€¦also recruited by UMass, Maine and New Hampshire.
Nate Skold â€¢ OL â€¢ 6-7 â€¢ 290 â€¢ Omaha, Neb./Westside HS
High School: Three-year letterman at Westside High for coach Brett Froendtâ€¦rated a two-star recruit and the No. 8 prospect in the state by Rivals.com while garnering two-stars, a scout grade of 73 and the No. 157 ranking at offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.comâ€¦named first-team Super State All-State, Nebraska All-Class All-State, All-Metro Conference and All-District 5 as a senior after helping the Warriors go 7-4 with a trip to the state playoffs as a seniorâ€¦also earned three letters in basketball and played for the nationally-prominent Omaha Crusaders AAU teamâ€¦off the field, was a member of the honor roll and was a two-year scholar athlete.
Personal: Born Nathaniel McComb Skold on Oct. 14, 1992, in Winfield, Illâ€¦son of Karl and Molly Skoldâ€¦has one brother, Alex, and one sister, Annaâ€¦proposed major is businessâ€¦also recruited by Iowa State, Ohio and Wyoming.
Evan Tatford â€¢ TE â€¢ 6-5 â€¢ 240 â€¢ Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Thomas More High for coach Jim Hightowerâ€¦rated a three-star recruit, received a scout grade of 75 and ranked the No. 64 tight end in the nation by ESPN.comâ€¦named three-star recruit by Rivals.com and a two-star player by Scout.comâ€¦helped lead the Cougars to a combined 28-9 record with three straight trips to the state playoffs, including District 4-5A titles his final two prep seasons and a trip to the state semifinals as a seniorâ€¦named first-team all-district in each of his last two years as a prepsterâ€¦as a senior, caught 27 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns en route to earning first-team all-state and All-Acadiana honorsâ€¦that year, he earned the Eraste Autin Fighting Heart Award based on a vote of his teammatesâ€¦as a junior, hauled in six passes for 35 yards...also lettered three years in basketball...off the field, was a member of National Honor Society and Student Councilâ€¦served as an HOBY Leadership Ambassador as was honored as an all-state academic composite lettermanâ€¦also earned the Rotary Club Award and U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Award.
Personal: Born Evan Shelby Tatford on July 31, 1992, in Lafayette, Laâ€¦son of Leander and Doris Tatfordâ€¦has three brothers: Regan, Jefferies and Byrnesâ€¦father, Leander, played college football at then-Northeast Louisiana while brothers Regan, Jefferies and Byrnes played football at Army, baseball for Louisiana-Lafayette and football for Louisiana-Monroe, respectivelyâ€¦brother, Jefferies, is currently a member of the New York Mets organizationâ€¦proposed major is dentistryâ€¦also recruited by Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Miami-Ohio.
Renaldo Thomas â€¢ DB â€¢ 6-3 â€¢ 205 â€¢ New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Augustine High for coach David Johnsonâ€¦named a three-star recruit and the No. 84 safety in the nation by Scout.com while garnering two-star recognition by Scout.comâ€¦helped the Purple Knights post a combined 18-14 record, including a 9-3 mark with a trip to the playoffs as a seniorâ€¦named honorable-mention all-state and first-team All-District 10-5A after posting 77 tackles, 18 pass break-ups, four interceptions, two blocked punts and a pair of defensive touchdowns as a seniorâ€¦began his prep career as a quarterback before moving to safety as a juniorâ€¦armed with a 90 mile-per-hour fastball, also lettered four years in baseball.
Personal: Born Renaldo Thomas, Jr., on May 25, 1992, in New Orleans, Laâ€¦son of Judith Thomas and the late Renaldo, Srâ€¦has one sister, Shereeceâ€¦cousin, Chad Jones played collegiate football and baseball at LSU and was drafted by both the NFLâ€™s New York Giants and MLBâ€™s Milwaukee Brewersâ€¦proposed major is businessâ€¦also recruited by Arkansas, Houston, Michigan and Oklahoma State.
Greg Thomson â€¢ TE â€¢ 6-3 â€¢ 240 â€¢ Skaneateles, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy
High School: Four-year letterman at Christian Brothers where he played tight end and linebacker for coach Joe Casamentoâ€¦named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.comâ€¦rated the No. 83 tight end in the nation by Scout.com and received a 45 scouting grade by ESPN.comâ€¦helped the Brothers go a combined 25-11, including a 9-1 record with a perfect 5-0 mark in Section 3 Class AA-1 action as a seniorâ€¦named third-team all-state, first-team All-Central New York and first-team all-league as a senior after catching 25 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns on offense while tallying 72 tackles and two sacks on defenseâ€¦also earned three letters in basketball where he was named honorable-mention All-Central New York as a juniorâ€¦off the field, was a member of the honor roll.
Personal: Born Gregory Martin Thomson on Sept. 16, 1992, in Brockport, N.Yâ€¦son of Peter and Maggie Thomsonâ€¦has one brother, Grantâ€¦proposed major is businessâ€¦also recruited by Maine and Temple.
Arturo Uzdavinis â€¢ OL â€¢ 6-7 â€¢ 290 â€¢ Thonotosassa, Fla./Jesuit HS
High School: Played just one year of prep football at Jesuit High where he played offensive and defensive line for coach James Harrellâ€¦two-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.comâ€¦received a scouting grade of 73 and rated the No. 161 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.comâ€¦helped lead the Tigers to a 11-1 overall record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in District 5-2A action and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs as the offense averaged 132 rushing yards per gameâ€¦also lettered once in basketball.
Personal: Born Arturo Thomas Uzdavinis on Nov. 2, 1992, in Tampa, Flaâ€¦son of Thomas and Maria Uzdavinisâ€¦has four brothers: Nico, Lucas, Marcos and Thomas; and one sister, Ana Mariaâ€¦undecided on majorâ€¦also recruited by Bucknell, Fordham, Indiana and Western Kentucky.
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